1960s Italian Bertoncello Red Ceramic and Fat Lava Relief Decorated Piggy Bank Money Box

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Vintage 60s Italian Bertoncello Red Ceramic and Fat Lava Relief Decorated Piggy Bank Money Box
Vintage 60s Italian Bertoncello Red Ceramic and Fat Lava Relief Decorated Piggy Bank Money Box
Vintage 60s Italian Bertoncello Red Ceramic and Fat Lava Relief Decorated Piggy Bank Money Box
Vintage 60s Italian Bertoncello Red Ceramic and Fat Lava Relief Decorated Piggy Bank Money Box
Vintage 60s Italian Bertoncello Red Ceramic and Fat Lava Relief Decorated Piggy Bank Money Box
Vintage 60s Italian Bertoncello Red Ceramic and Fat Lava Relief Decorated Piggy Bank Money Box
Vintage 60s Italian Bertoncello Red Ceramic and Fat Lava Relief Decorated Piggy Bank Money Box
Vintage 60s Italian Bertoncello Red Ceramic and Fat Lava Relief Decorated Piggy Bank Money Box
Vintage 60s Italian Bertoncello Red Ceramic and Fat Lava Relief Decorated Piggy Bank Money Box

THE ITEM
Do you love appreciating Fat Lava but want to save some money at the same time? Well you could very well do both with this cute and well crafted piece.

The quality of the ceramic means that the vibrant red is crazing free, despite this piece being made around the 60s, the vibrant tomato red is offset with the trails of hand painted white and blue fat lava, finished off with a thin finishing of black.

CONDITION

Excellent, only very light wear and the plastic stopper has become brittle - commensurable with age of the piece - no chips, scratches or cracks to the ceramic, please see photos as part of the condition report. Base bears '7128s Italy'.

MEASUREMENTS
c. 4.2" / 11 cm tall by c. 6.3" / 16.5 cm wide (tip of nose to tail)

Unpackaged weight: c. 0.3 kg / 332 g

NOTES
Ceramic will be securely packaged and shipping will be insured.
Shipping will be combined for multiple items.

A BIT OF HISTORY
Bertoncello Ceramiche was founded in Schiavon, Italy around 1956. For many years it was run solely by a Mr. Lini and Giovanni Bertoncello (1930-2011), but by the 1970s had a staff of around 30. Giovanni was the creative force behind the forms and glazes, supported later by a Mr. Boatto – a Venetian teacher.

Sadly not a lot is known about the company because all its catalogues and archives were destroyed when the company closed in 1999. The forms of Bertoncello pottery are often very sculptural and geometric and look like smaller studies or maquettes for massive modernist sculptures that are yet to be built. This sculptural appearance of many pieces was enhanced by the use of feet which subtly raise the piece off the surface on which it sits.